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City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year AmeriCorps members commit to a year of full-time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors and role models.
Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year works in 23 cities across the United States and has international affiliates in London and Johannesburg, South Africa.
How We Work:
- Partner with public schools. We work in partnership with school districts to support their goals and provide additional support - the human capital - required to make a difference with students who are at risk of dropping out. City Year corps members serve full-time in grades 3 through 9.
- Target high-need schools and students. Research shows that students who are at the highest-risk to drop out can be identified as early as sixth grade. Corps members receive more than 300 hours of professional training to intervene based on three early warning indicators - poor attendance, behavior, and course failure in math and English.
- Harness the power of young people. City Year hires and trains diverse teams of young adults - 17 to 24 year olds - to give a year of full-time service in schools. Younger than the teachers but older than pupils, corps members are uniquely positioned to form a strong bond with students and help them succeed. Corps members provide at least 1,700 hours of service each year.
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